Agile + DevOps West 2022 - Conference Speakers | TechWell

Conference Speakers

VP of Cloud and DevTestSecOps
EPAM Systems

Adam Auerbach is the Vice President of Cloud and DevTestSecOps at EPAM Systems, a leading global provider of digital platform engineering and software development services. Before joining Epam, Adam served as the VP of Quality and DevOps Engineering at Lincoln Financial Group where Adam was responsible introducing and leading the...Read more

Arlen Bankston
Adaptagility LLC

Arlen Bankston was at the vanguard of the agile movement, beginning to practice within two years of the Agile Manifesto’s writing. He was among the first to explicitly blend lean systems thinking and user experience practices with agile software development practices. Arlen was one of the earliest Certified Scrum Trainers,...Read more

Lee Barnes
Chief Quality Officer
Forte Group

Lee Barnes has over 25 years of experience in the Software Quality Assurance and Testing field. He has been involved in the implementation of test automation and performance testing solutions in hundreds of environments across a wide array of industries. Most recently, Lee has been involved with bringing quality practices...Read more

Principal Consultant
Imagine Technologies, Inc.

A developer, business owner, consultant, cloud architect, Microsoft Azure MVP and an online instructor, Mike Benkovich is an alumni of Microsoft from 2004 to 2012 where he helped build developer communities across the US, thru work on Microsoft Across America, MSDN Events, MSDN Webcasts, DPE and Channel 9. He's helped...Read more

Melissa Benua
Director of Engineering

Melissa Benua has worked in nearly every software development role—dev, test, DevOps, and program management—at companies big and small and somewhere in-between. She's created and run high availability, high-quality services for PlayFab, Bing, Cortana, and Xbox One, and now for mParticle's enormous data platform. Melissa discovered her love of massively-scaled...Read more

Principal & Founder
Ignite Insight + Innovation

Tricia Broderick is a leadership and organizational advisor. Tricia has over twenty years of experience in the software development industry. Her transformational leadership, at all levels of an organization, ignites the growth of leaders and high-performing teams to deliver quality outcomes. Tricia boldly role models putting people first. Her aim...Read more

Senior Manager, Developer Advocacy
Cisco Systems

Jeff Bull is a Manager of Developer Advocacy with Cisco DevNet, where he leads a team focused on being the voice of the developer for DevRel and Cisco's product BU's. He launched DevNet's first Technical Advisory Group (TAG) gathering customer & partner feedback through it's field technical sellers. Prior to...Read more

Sr. Staff Software Engineer
Split Software

David Burrowes is a software engineer at with a decade of experience developing web applications for companies like Box, Delphix, and VMware. Having worked without feature flags, and with clunky in-house feature flagging frameworks, David is deliriously happy to have all of Split's capabilities at his disposal for every...Read more

Industrial Logic

Charlotte Chang is a Technology Product Strategist with nearly 20 years of experience. She enjoys working with executives, managers, and teams to create Systems of Compassion that provide a sustainable, humane, inclusive experience for all contributors throughout product development. Recently, her experience has focused on launching new products, marketing...Read more

Global Application Security Evangelist

Currently an Application Security Sales Evangelist for HCL. Prior to this, was with IBM for14 years. Rob has worked with clients all over the world to help address their challenges in ways that bring a positive impact to the business bottom line. Rob has spoken most recently at DevOps Skillup...Read more

David Dang
VP of Automation Practices
Zenergy Technologies

David Dang, VP of Automated Solutions for Zenergy Technologies, has been a leading figure in the software automation industry for over twenty years. At Zenergy, David coaches companies in DevOps and Automation to help them develop better software faster. As a former developer, DevOps and automation were natural fits for...Read more

Senior Software Engineer in Test
Netflix Inc.

Budhaditya Das (BD) is a senior software engineer at Netflix. With more than 15 years of experience in architecting and building highly scalable test automation infrastructure using open source technology stacks. He is currently working on solving the testing challenges of Netflix’s Membership ecosystem. [email protected] Budhaditya Das Budhaditya (BD)...Read more

Lee Eason
Director of Digital Branch Experience
Edward Jones

“Do you know much about computers?” After a moment of consideration, desperate for a job, Lee Eason replied, “I can do anything you need with computers.” As a just graduated History Education major, he knew almost nothing about computers. But what he lacked in experience he made up for with...Read more

Lead Quality Engineer

Matías Fornara has more than 10 years of experience in the IT industry and more than 5 working in Abstracta as Lead Quality Engineer focused on functional, automation, and performance projects. He has been involved in testing education for the last 4 years teaching UI automation and performance testing...Read more

Technical Manager

Bob Foster is a Technical Manager with over 20 years experience as a senior software engineer and team lead. Bob has proven experience in all aspects of software development and delivery (including DevOps, CI/CD, and infrastructure as code). He is a firm believer in the benefits gained by software teams...Read more

Bob Galen
Principal Agile Coach
Zenergy Technologies
Bob Galen is an agile practitioner, trainer & coach based in Cary, NC. In this role, he helps guide companies and teams in their pragmatic adoption and organizational shift towards Scrum and other agile methodologies and practices. He is Director of Agile Practices at Zenergy Technologies, a leading business agility transformation company. He...Read more
Director of Agile Consulting

John Halberstadt is LitheSpeed’s Director of Agile Consulting, as well as an Enterprise Agile Consultant, Coach and Trainer, leveraging more than two decades of executive leadership experience as a CIO, CTO, and Vice President of Technology, transforming enterprises’ ability to deliver value through agile and lean approaches. John has led...Read more

Test Automation Architect
Red Green Refactor

Thomas is presently serving as a Test Automation Architect. He leads a team of testers, ops engineers, and production support analysts in the adoption of DevOps practices. Previously, he led the enterprise automation support of 73 applications at Huntington National Bank that encompassed testing, metrics & reporting, and data management....Read more

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We Hack Purple

Tanya Janca, also known as SheHacksPurple, is the best-selling author of Alice and Bob Learn Application Security. She is also the founder of We Hack Purple, an online learning academy, community and podcast that revolves around teaching everyone to create secure software. Tanya has been coding...Read more

DevSecOps Architect
Dell Technologies

Marc Jimenez is a DevSecOps Architect at Dell Technologies. He has been in the Technology industry for over 18 years in a wide range of roles from SAN Integration Engineer to Software Engineer to DevSecOps and Site Reliability Engineer. Some of his responsibilities have varied from Scrum Master, Technical Team...Read more

Chief Scientist
Tariq King is the Chief Scientist at, where he leads research and development of their core platform for AI-driven testing. Tariq has over fifteen years' experience in software engineering and testing and has formerly held positions as Head of Quality, Director of Quality Engineering, Manager of Software...Read more
Director of Engineering

Janna Loeffler has more than fifteen years of software quality experience. She holds a bachelor's degree in computer engineering and a master's degree in business administration. Working in a variety of software engineering roles, including development, testing, quality assurance, and DevOps, has provided her with a holistic view of software...Read more


Sean D. Mack is CIO & CISO at Wiley, a Education and Research company. Sean is a visionary technology executive with extensive experience leading DevOps, infrastructure, enterprise applications, security, and desktop services in educational technology and publishing industry. Sean has led global teams across a wide range of companies from...Read more

Software Engineer
Ingka group (IKEA)

Asmaa is a Software Engineer at Ingka Group, a franchise of IKEA, one if the most well known companies in the world, based in Sweden. Asmaa started her distance studies for BSc Creative Computing from the University of London in 2010. She published an academic paper related to Swarm Intelligence...Read more

Abraham Marin-Perez
Software Developer
Equal Experts

Abraham Marín-Pérez is a Java programmer, consultant, author, and public speaker with more than ten years of experience in a variety of industries. Originally from Valencia, Spain, Abraham has built most of his career in London, UK, working with entities like JP Morgan or the United Kingdom’s Home Office, frequently...Read more

Agile Coach
Capital One

Sean Miller is a true technologist at heart and Agile evangelist in the financial services industry. He has worn many different hats, with roles ranging from technology operations to software development and agile coach. Read more

Vice President
JP Morgan Chase

Vaishali Padghan has worked in organizations large and small, ranging from technology focused to financial services. She has almost 20 years of experience in the Software Industry wearing multiple hats, ranging from developer to automation SME to driving Test Strategy. She has worked with Automated Testing right since the inception...Read more

Scrum Master Competency Lead
CUNA Mutual Group

Amanda Palovcsik is a Certified Scrum Master, Professional Scrum Master II, and certified Scaled Agilist. With more than 17 years of project management experience in the broadcast, medical, and financial industries, including an overlap of 7 years on Scrum and SAFe implementations in parallel to waterfall, Amanda has a diverse...Read more

Senior Software Principal Engineer / Automation Architect
Dell Technologies

With passion of lifelong learning, Prashant Patil has been leading his life by setting examples, adapting to situations and solving technical challenges. He completed his Master's from Southern Methodist University in 2006 and started working at AT&T as a Performance Test Engineer after graduation. His keen eye for detail, efforts toward streamlining...Read more

SVP Agile Training and Consulting

Bob Payne is an early adopter of Extreme Programming and Scrum. He has worked exclusively as an industry leading Lean+Agile Transformation leader since 1999, helping individuals and organizations achieve results with Agile methods. He has worked in small startups, fortune 100 organizations and government with teams, programs and executives. He...Read more

Jeff Payne
CEO and Founder

Jeffery Payne is CEO and founder of Coveros, Inc., a company that helps organizations accelerate software delivery using agile methods. Prior to founding Coveros, he was the co-founder of application security company Cigital, where he served as CEO for 16 years.

Jeffery is a recognized software expert and popular keynote speaker...Read more

Chief Customer Officer
New Relic

Rey Perez is New Relic’s chief customer officer.  He manages the relationships with all customers globally to ensure they are achieving value and success using New Relic. His focus is on execution excellence and value realization for customers deploying the New Relic One observability platform. Prior to New Relic, Rey...Read more

Prasanna Ramkumar
Principal Architect
3Cloud Solutions

Concurrent Sessions

Prasanna Ramkumar has more than 25 years for experience working in a variety of roles including development, architect, team lead and DevOps Architect in various industries, such as medical, insurance, financial, professional services and health care. He is passionate about sharing best practices and helping customers build software better and faster...Read more

Bill Roberts
Capital One

Bill Roberts had his first experiences in technology as the manager of financial planning and analysis for IT organizations at Bank One, ING DIRECT USA, and Capital One. Bill is a Director, Agile Coach and Portfolio Lead and leads a team of agilists focused on servant leadership and helping to...Read more

Oren Rubin

Concurrent Sessions

Oren Rubin is the founder and CEO of Testim, an AI-based test automation platform that speeds the authoring of resilient end-to-end tests. Oren has over 22 years of experience in the software industry, building mostly test-related products for developers at IBM, Wix, Cadence, Applitools, and In addition to being...Read more

Mark Schettenhelm
Senior Product Manager

Mark Schettenhelm has over 35 years of industry experience with most of that being with Compuware, now BMC, currently serving as a Senior Product Manager. His specialties are in Source Control Management, Testing, and Application Portfolio Analysis. Frequently speaking on Agile Development and DevOps on the mainframe and also writes...Read more


Concurrent Sessions

Dave Sharrock is the visionary behind IncrementOne, a consulting and training practice focussed on building organizations that use their agile delivery capability to respond quickly to fast-moving, uncertain environments. He has led transformations in numerous industries in the private sector, from financial services to gaming to manufacturing, as well as...Read more

Alberto Silveira
Head of Engineering

Alberto Silveira is a thought leader, successful executive, and technology enthusiast, who is passionate about building high-performance teams that can deliver value to organizations. From his youngest years disassembling and rebuilding broken computer hardware, to his early professional life spent coding and automating almost everything, his life path has made...Read more

Senior Software Engineer in Test
Netflix Inc.

Helena Song has over 20 years of experience in test automation, test tool development, and continuous integration (CI) in the internet software service domain. In the past 10 years, she focused on solving test automation and CI challenges in the microservices domain. During this endeavor, she learned a lot of...Read more

Neeta Sonnakul
Automation Architect
Council for Affordable Quality HealthCar

Neeta Sonnakul has over 15 years of quality assurance experience working in various roles for several employers. She has built and led QA teams for companies such as Verizon Wireless, REI, DefyWire and is currently leading an agile automation testing team through a SAFe transformation for the Council of Affordable...Read more

Jason St-Cyr
Manager, Technical Evangelists

Jason St-Cyr is a Technical Evangelist with 20 years of experience in the software development field using a variety of technologies. His primary focuses are in DevRel, DevOps, Sitecore, solution architecture, and product marketing. Having spent his career delivering digital solutions with a focus on quality assurance, deployment processes, and...Read more


Tom Stiehm has been developing applications and managing software development teams for over twenty years. As CTO of Coveros, he is responsible for the oversight of all technical projects and integrating new technologies and testing practices into software development projects. Recently, Tom has been focusing on how to incorporate DevSecOps...Read more

Mary Thorn
Vice President of IT Strategy and Transformation
S&P Global Ratings

During her more than 20 years of experience with financial, health care, and SaaS-based products, Mary Thorn has held VP, director, and manager-level positions in various software development organizations. A seasoned leader and coach in agile and testing methodologies, Mary has direct experience building and...Read more


Evgeny Tkachenko has more than fourteen years of experience in test management, automation testing, and release management, mainly on complex projects in the telecommunication, financial, and online entertainment industries. Now at Wayfair, he applies his experience and expertise to do whatever is required to deliver the highest quality product possible. Evgeny...Read more


In 2008, Federico co-founded Abstracta (, a company that is dedicated to providing testing services and creating development tools that help simplify software testing tasks. Federico holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the School of Computer UCLM, in Spain, and he completed his undergraduate degree in Computer Engineering at...Read more

Harshal Vora
Product Specialist
QMetry Inc.

Harshal Vora is an experienced Product & Sales Leader with a strong passion for Technology and Business to solve Customer problems. He brings 10+ years of experience in product and solution engineering with track record in “value” based relationship building with Fortune 500 enterprises like ABN AMRO Bank, Kaiser Permanente,...Read more

Alison Wade
TechWell Corp.

Alison Wade is the President of TechWell and an accomplished executive dedicated to the business of software. For the past fifteen years, she has worked with industry leaders developing programs for software development and testing professionals. She currently serves as the Program Chair for EPIC Experience, STAREAST, and STARWEST. She plays a...Read more

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Sr. Product Marketing Manager

Zach Westall is a Sr. Product Marketing Manager with LinearB. Before accepting the mission of helping engineering teams improve, Zach was at F5/NGINX. serving as the bard for their visibility, management, automation, and container stories.
When he's not at work you can usually find him on the slopes, on a...Read more